Newcastle District Cricket Association: Hamilton-Wickham bowler Tom Dwyer searching for grand final glory

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13 Jun 2019

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After starting out his junior career with Hamilton-Wickham feeder club the Mayfield Colts, Dwyerthen progressed to the senior ranks where father Adam once played.

Almost a decade on and he hasn’tlooked back.

LOYAL: Left-arm paceman Tom Dwyer, 20, started his career with Hamilton-Wickham junior club the Mayfield Colts before joining the Pumas’ senior ranks and will line up in this weekend’s grand final. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

“My brother [Liam,19] and I grew upin Hamilton and started here [at the club] at the same time,” Dwyer said.

“We haven’t played anywhere else and we’ve never really thought about it.”

The left-arm paceman, now 20, will chase his maiden Newcastle District Cricket Association major premiership when he lines up in this weekend’s grand final against Belmont at No.1 Sportsground.

Dwyer made his first grade debut for Hamwicks in 2012-2013, a single gameas part of aminor premiership campaign.

The following summer, in the club’s 50thanniversary season, he won the SCG Country Cup but the Pumas missed the double after going down to Merewether in the maindecider.

Dwyer played most of 2014-2015, which included a Tom Locker Cup success, but last year watched his younger siblingin anarrow grand final losswhile sidelined with a shoulder injury himself and will have the chance to rectify thatsituation on Saturday and Sunday.

“It would be massive [to get the win], especially after watching last year’s grand final and being at the club for so long,” he said.

“We’ve worked hard this season, put ourselves in the right spot and we’re all looking forward to the weekend.”

Dwyer, who is studying commerce and law at the University of Newcastle, has plenty of experience to draw from with a bowling attack featuring opener Andrew Maher, key all-rounder Mark Dries and the Webber twins Sam and Matt.

“Those blokes bowl a lot of overs and my role is to take wickets when I get the opportunity,” he said.

“Having that sort of experience around really helps and makes a big difference.”

Across all competitions this summer Dwyer has taken 28 wickets, 15 in the first XI,at an average of 16.14.

“On his day he [Dwyer] can be very dangerous,” Hamwicks captain Josh Trappel said.“I can see him being the heart of the Pumas bowling attack for years to come.”

The Pumas have retained eight players from the 2015-2016 showdownwith Dwyer, Matt Jones and Aaron Cooper the newcomers.

This will be the club’s fifth grand final appearance since they last won the title in 2003-2004. Hamwicks held the trophy four times from 1999-2000.

HAMILTON-WICKHAM: Josh Trappel (c), Mark Dries, Matt Jones, Ben Balcomb, Rhys Hanlon, Matt Webber, Aaron Cooper, Sam Webber, Tom Dwyer, Andrew Maher, Abe Gibson.

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